University launches Helping Hams drive to feed hungry during holidays

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University launches Helping Hams drive to feed hungry during holidays

Fresno State will kick off its fourth annual Helping Hams campaign to feed the hungry during the holidays with a ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market (5368 N. Chestnut Ave.).

The campaign will run through Dec. 9 to raise money to donate student-produced holiday hams to charitable organizations affiliated with Fresno State.

At Monday’s launch, Dr. Sandra Witte, dean for Fresno State’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, will announce this year’s goal to collect enough money to purchase and donate 230 hams. She will be joined by Associated Students Inc. President Tim Ryan and student senators Ga-Lhiel Dillard and Devyn Serenil.

Samples of holiday ham, Fresno State milk and Woofle Waffles will be available.

Donations will be accepted at the Gibson Farm Market in increments of $5. Six donations (or $30) will purchase one ham for a family in need. Donations can also be mailed via check to 2385 E. Barstow Ave., AG85, Fresno, CA 93740.

Last year’s month-long campaign raised money to donate 218 hams and exceeded its goal of 175.

RCO Ag Credit returns as a major supporter of the campaign and has pledged $3,500. The organization contributed the same amount last year and was also a primary supporter in 2013 and 2014.

The College Panhellenic Council, the governing body of the five National Panhellenic Conference sororities at Fresno State, is working with each sorority to raise funds, with a goal of $500.

Charitable organizations affiliated with Fresno State can apply to be considered for holiday ham donations online at Helping Hams apply from Nov. 7, through Dec. 2. More information on applying is available by contacting Moses Menchaca at 559.278.2656 or mosesm@csufresno.edu.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from ASI and the College Panhellenic Council, and organizations will be notified of their status via email by Dec. 9.

The Helping Hams campaign is coordinated by the Jordan College, its student-operated Gibson Farm Market and Meat Science Department and Associated Students Inc.

The Gibson Farm Market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A receipt for donations is available upon request, and more information on the campaign is available by calling 559.278.4511.